Harris County COVID-19 community level moved to Green -- lowest level since 2020

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HOUSTON – Harris County Public Health announced Thursday that the COVID-19 Community Level has moved to the lowest level -- Green.

In a news release, officials said wastewater viral load continued to trend downward and COVID-19 cases have dropped to the lowest numbers since the start of the pandemic in 2020.

Harris County recently transitioned from the COVID-19 Threat Level system to the CDC’s COVID-19 Community Level model.

“Across the board, whether it be hospitalizations, cases, trends or raw numbers, that is a testament to the work this community did and continues to do to fight COVID-19,” Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said in a statement. “It took a concerted community effort to get us to this point, and I am so proud of Harris County for reaching this milestone.”

Judge Hidalgo urges the community to take necessary precautions as cooler temperatures kick in.

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